Using images in presentations

A picture is worth a thousand words, but it needs to pass only three simple tests to ensure it adds value to our presentation.

At some point, we’ve all been a victim of the presenter that crams their Powerpoint full of distracting animations, grainy, irrelevant clip art and an awkward holiday snap.

When using images in presentations, we do not have to suffer the same fate.

Here’s three little tests to help you answer the big question: ‘should I use images in my presentation?’…

  1. Does it support the point that we are making?
  2. Does it demonstrate more to our audience than we could tell them in 30 seconds?
  3. Is it of high enough quality that it is visible clearly to everyone in the room?

A picture is worth a thousand words – but we must always make sure that they are the right words!

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Rich Watts is the UK Business Speaker of the Year and a past JCI National Public Speaking champion. He setup and now runs Rich Public Speaking providing presentation skills and public speaking training.

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